Dickerson-Johnson Library Keeps Tigers on the Cutting Edge
Whether on its main campus, at one of its satellite locations, in your own home or even from your mobile phone — the Dickerson-Johnson Library keeps Coahoma Community College students just a click away from a myriad of educational resources. And, it’s recent transition from the Dewey Decimal classification system to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system has given CCC students easier access to a wide variety of research materials through its Tiger Prowl search engine.
The library’s entire catalog is now available through the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) allowing students immediate access to books, reports, news articles, peer reviews, academic journals and many other resources. By simply changing the input parameters in the Tiger Prowl search system, available through CCC’s website, students can search and receive a consolidated return of resources available.
Gone are the days of searching for a single topic and having to navigate throughout different sections of the library’s resources. One click will return immediate results from a variety of sources. A search for a book title or person of interest will return results and access to downloadable e-books, as well as, news stories, broadcast news clips, magazine articles and many others.
“We wanted to make sure that students couldn’t use the excuse of not being able to access needed resources for their assignments as a reason for not going to school,” said Director of Library Service, Yvonne Stanford. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that all of our students have access to the resources they need to be successful.”
CCC’s Library and Learning Resources’ webpage also contains links to free mobile apps so this same functionality can be accessed with your Apple or Android phone operating systems. The webpage also contains a link to CCC’s digitized yearbooks online (1957-2012).
The library has also instituted access for Coahoma students to NBC Learn – the educational arm of NBC News that provides a collection of primary source videos, newsreels, documents, and images that can be used for research, projects, and in classroom and online teaching. Students can find pertinent, recent and archived news stories on a variety of topics through the site’s own search engine.
In addition to these upgrades, a recent purchase, secured with Title III funding, has also outfitted the library with 20 brand new 32GB iPads equipped with retina display that will be used to both supplement the 20 desktop computers currently installed in the library’s lab, and also be available to serve as a mobile classroom when members of the library’s staff are teaching the use of library resources outside CCC’s main campus.
“A lot of times large classes will have to be split in half when they are coming to use the library’s lab, but now these 20 new iPads can be used to supplement the computers in our lab and keep these classes together,” said Rose Lockett, Librarian and Outreach Liaison at Coahoma. “There are also times when we are off campus trying to educate others about the resources of our library, and we do not have access to a computer. These new iPads will allow us to have access and give real time demonstrations to those we are trying to teach.”
These new features of the Dickerson-Johnson Library are a part of the ever-evolving effort of Coahoma Community College to provide its students with the most nurturing and technologically advanced educational atmosphere possible to increase the probability of success that will hopefully lead to higher retention and graduation rates.